Audition Notice-2020 Season

Bluff City Theater today announced that the 2020 Auditions Will be Held at The Zack Theater 3224 Locust, St. Louis. Saturday, January 18th 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bluff City Theater will be holding open auditions for 3 of 4 plays in the 2020 Season this January.  Equity and non-equity actors are welcome to audition. Following are the roles we are seeking to fill: Trying by Joanna McLelland Glass  June 1-27 Judge Francis Biddle  Male, 80’s Sarah Schorr Female. 20’s Long Days Journey into Night by Eugene O’Neil June 29-July 25 JAMES TYRONE – 65, actor MARY CAVAN TYRONE, 56, his wife JAMES…

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Fall BCT Academy Sessions Begin Soon!

Register Now! One of the most important things we do here at Bluff City Theater is incubate local talent with the aim of creating a lasting theater culture in the Greater Hannibal Region.  Theater arts enriche the quality of life for our residents young and old and BCT Academy is one way that youth gain first-hand experience and performance skills.   Theater arts build confidence in young people and helps them find a creative outlet whether it’s acting or singing, as soloists or part of the chorus.  Theater arts help create bonds of friendship among like-minded young people. If you…

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Why We Chose to Program a Play About Eliza Haycraft…

Madam-The Musical is a totally new play we commissioned to end our 2019 season dedicated to the theme of The American Experience.  Back in March, we performed David Stanley Ford’s intense work The Interrogation of Nathan Hale as a way of exploring the idealistic aspirations of those who founded America- a nation that would treat all equally, be free from religious oppression and give every man a say in how the country would be run.  In subsequent productions, we revisited these aspirations through the eyes of some of those Americans- Fanny Kemble and the slaves she sought to free, Molly…

Reputation! Reputation! Reputation!

                                                                                                  I have lost my reputation! Good name in woman, dear my lords and ladies, Is the immediate jewel of our souls; Who steals my purse steals trash –  In 1850, Fanny Kemble bursts into her home spouting these lines from Othello. Her former husband has launched a scurrilous public attack on…

Today is Monday March 25th…You Have Four Chances Left!

  Last week, the curtain rose on another season at Bluff City Theater with our debut of A. S. Freeman’s powerful production of David Stanley Ford’s The Interrogation of Nathan Hale. History has a way of over-simplifying events and presenting complicated and messy affairs as summary headlines (#Nathanhalehero).  But history is never simple and the conflicting perspectives, motivations and emotions that lead up to momentous events all contribute to a messy and convoluted route to resolution.  It is that messy route that the playwright explores in his story of the final hours of 21-year-old Nathan Hale as he awaits execution…

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Are You A Fan of American History?

History buffs are going to love The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor.  Based on real-life events, David Stanley Ford’s thoughtful and intense script captures the final hours of Nathan Hale before he is executed as the first spy in the service of America.  Through the eyes of young Hale and Montresor, a career soldier in the service of King George, we explore the naive optimism of those who sought independence from what was then the richest and most powerful nation on Earth. For this performance, out theater is transformed into Montresor’s campaign tent on Manhattan Island as…

Our Season Opens With a Story About The First American Hero…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale by Captain John Montresor Of HRM Expeditionary Force This powerful story is set in the tent of Captain John Montresor, an Engineer in the British Army who carried 21-year-old Nathan Hale’s dying declaration letter to his family under a flag of truce.  Because of this, we know a lot about the young man who became the first to be executed as a spy in the service of America.  In the hours leading up to his death, Montresor interviewed Hale as a means of trying to understand the motivations of those who would seek independence from…

The Interrogation of Nathan Hale Leads Off a Stellar New Season in Hannibal!

Reprinted from Hannibal Magazine-March 2019 “I am so satisfied with the cause in which I have engaged that my only regret is that I have not more lives than one to offer in its service.” It is reportedly with these words that 21-year-old Nathan Hale went to the gallows as the first American spy to die in the service of this new country. A Captain in the Connecticut militia, Hale responded to a call from General Washington for someone to go behind enemy lines on Long Island and report on enemy plans. He was the only volunteer. Within days, he…

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There’s still time to get your tickets to “one of the great personalities in contemporary folk music”!

  As part of our mission to bring world-class talent to Hannibal, Bluff City Theater is proud to present the incomparable Tom Chapin in an intimate show at Roland Performing Arts Center at HLGU.  “An Evening with Tom Chapin” takes place at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 9th. The brother of the late, great Harry Chapin, Tom has had a storied career as a musician, songwriter, recording artist, tv star and actor on Broadway and in film.  In this intimate performance, he’ll share his personal stories from five decades of performing interspersed with original music, classic folk favorites and selections…

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There’s still time to subscribe AND get a premium ticket to An Evening With Tom Chapin

Subscribe Now and Save $52! Nathan Hale was just 21 years old when he became the first American to die as a spy. Washington’s forces had been swept off Long Island.  Desperately needing intelligence, he sought a volunteer to go behind enemy lines to report on British plans and strength.  Within a few hours, Nathan Hale had been betrayed by his own cousin, seized and sentenced to hang.  In this remarkable script, David Stanley Ford recreates the hours leading up to Hale’s execution as he is interrogated by John Montressor, a career officer in HRH expeditionary army.  Seen through the…

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